Funding Plan Proposed to Save W.Va. MARC Service

A funding plan may have been reached to preserve the existing level of MARC service to West Virginia.

Communities in the state served by MARC have tentatively agreed to pay an additional $300,000 to preserve the service.

The pledges were made after a representative of the Gov Jim Justice said the state is willing to increase its funding to continue the six-trains-per-day operations, if the communities involved make a serious financial commitment to the service.

MARC had earlier said it would cut service to West Virginia from Washington to just one roundtrip per day without additional funding.

Berkeley and Jefferson counties along with the cities of Martinsburg, Charles Town, Ranson, Harpers Ferry, Bolivar and Shepherdstown have proposed a funding formula based on population.

Contributions would range from $170,000 for Berkeley County to $410 for Harpers Ferry, whose town council has already pledged $2,500 to maintain MARC service.

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